Local Briefs

Club to host Rotary Foundation officer

The Rotary Club of Kahului will host Rotary Foundation Annual Giving Officer Geoff Cochran at its weekly Zoom meeting from noon to 1 p.m. on Monday.

Cochran is part of a Rotary Foundation team that applies trends, data analysis and connections to empower Rotary leaders to acquire, retain and upgrade donors; fund grants; and create a pipeline of philanthropic support for the Rotary Foundation.

For more information or to sign up for the Zoom meeting, visit www.kahuluirotary.com or contact Della Nakamoto at 264-1213 or dnakamoto@atlasinsurance.com.


Technology Academy enrollment now open

New student enrollment is now open for Hawaii Technology Academy’s Maui Campus.

Hawaii Technology Academy is a tuition-free, WASC-accredited, DOE public charter school that serves more than 1,300 students statewide. Traditionally, it operates as a blended learning school, which means students engage in face-to-face, virtual and independent instruction.

Enrollment will remain open until June 30 or until spaces are filled.

Parents can sign up for an information session, which is mandatory to begin the enrollment process.

To learn more, visit hi.myhta .org/enrollment-information.html or call (808) 676-5444.


Cancer workshop to cover financial stress

Maui Cancer Wellness Retreats will host a virtual daytreat, “Managing Your Cancer Journey — Financial Stress Strategies,” on Zoom from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on April 17.

Led by financial planner and health coach Lorri Allison Craig, the workshop will focus on minimizing financial stress while managing a cancer journey.

For more information or to register, visit mauicancerwellnessretreats.org and click on “DayTreats” under the “Programs” tab.


Maui United Way elects board chair

Maui United Way’s board of directors recently elected Simon Poole of Goodfellow Bros. Inc. as its new board chair.

Poole has served on the board since 2019. He takes the place of longtime board member Jacob Tavares, who served as board chair for two years. Tavares held positions with Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co. and Mahi Pono and is relocating to Hawaii island to work with Parker Ranch.

“We’re incredibly grateful for Simon’s commitment to the Maui Nui community. There’s certainly an uphill road ahead for so many, and with our board leadership, we’re able to get a running start to help so many,” said Maui United Way President and Chief Professional Officer Nicholas Winfrey. “I’m sad to see Jacob head over to Hawaii island, as he’ll be missed here for all that he contributed both personally and to Maui United Way. A big mahalo to our entire board for continuing to adapt and grow as needs shift.”


Cultural workshops offered this spring

A series of Hawaiian cultural workshops will be held every Saturday at Apuakehau, the cultural park next to the Lahaina Public Library, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 3 through June 19.

The free workshops will focus on canoe plants, the useful plants Polynesians first brought to Hawaii on their voyaging canoes. Every month, the emphasis will be on a different plant that was used in ancient Hawaii.

Participants will learn how to make cordage from hau (hibiscus), how to husk a coconut and how to prepare ‘ulu (breadfruit), among other things.

All supplies will be provided. Workshops are limited to five participants and are open to anyone age 10 and older. Masks are required. All workshops are held outdoors with social distancing.

Participants must register in advance. For more information or to register, visit lahaina restoration.org/workshops.


Nonprofit beneficiary of ‘Fuel Up. Do Good.’

Fourth-quarter gasoline sales at Maui island Ohana Fuels locations and two car washes resulted in a $7,860.20 donation to Hui No Ke Ola Pono, the most recent beneficiary of the Ohana Fuels “Fuel Up. Do Good.” Community Giving Program.

Ohana Fuels partners with nonprofit organizations serving the needs of the local community and donates a portion of the proceeds from every gallon of gasoline purchased at its gas stations in that community.

The donation to Hui No Ke Ola Pono will be used to support the nonprofit’s ongoing programs, produce box distributions and services that benefit Maui’s Native Hawaiian communities.

“At Ohana Fuels we are proud to partner with local nonprofit organizations through our ‘Fuel Up. Do Good.’ Community Giving Program,” said Kimo Haynes, president of Hawaii Petroleum, Ohana Fuels’ parent company. “We value the exceptional work these nonprofits do to help local residents and neighborhoods. We look forward to offering continued support in the community through our sponsorship programs.”


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